BOTHELL — Meadowdale heavyweight Aaron Yared pinned his opponent in the 285-pound championship bout — the second individual Mavericks champion of the day — to help lead Meadowdale to the Lynnwood Classic Wrestling Tournament title.
Yared pinned Tanner Davenport, another Mavericks wrestler, in 1 minute, 21 seconds in his title-clinching victory.
At 182-pounds Jacob Cecil pinned Mountlake Terrace’s Brett Potter in 1:23 and Dustin Diemond got a late pin (5:23) against Cameron Schille of South Whidbey to account for the other individual titles for the Mavericks (201 points).
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The tournament, held every year at Lynnwood High School, is a good early-season measuring stick said Royals head coach Clint Karlsen.
“I think there was a good level of competition there,” said Karlsen. “The finals matches were really tough, and even before that there was good competition. It’s good for coaches to asses where they’re at. At this time of the year it’s just perfect.”
Host Lynnwood finished second with 162.5 points, one point ahead of Granite Falls (161.5). The Royals had a meet-high four individual champions: Jonah Simon (106-pounds), Alex Basabe (120), Zack Calkins (132) and Hunter Lord (152).
Lord won despite a sore knee and Basabe was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler — for the second year in a row.
“I’m happy with the whole team,” said Lynnwood head coach Clint Karlsen. “They all did really well. All but one (wrestler) scored points for us, and even the athlete that didn’t score I saw a huge improvement in.”
The Royals entered wrestlers in 11 weight classes, and had five wrestlers reach the finals.
“I’m just really happy with the way it went,” Karlsen said. “Obviously we would have liked to have won the tournament with our name on it. But we’re growing the program and we’ll get there.”
Tommy Eadie, was the Tigers lone individual champion, winning after an injury default in the 160-pound bout, and Cascade’s Masood Ahmad helped the Bruins to a sixth place finish (100 points) with his 9-4 decision at 170-pounds.
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Team scores: 1. Meadowdale 201; 2. Lynnwood 162.5; 3. Granite Falls 161.5; 4. Roosevelt 128; 5. Jackson 117; 6. Cascade 100; 7. Eastside Catholic 92.5; 8. South Whidbey 91; 9. Mountlake Terrace 75; 10. Bishop Blanchet.